Radiance Boosting Hot Cloth Cleanser
This standard, fragranced cream cleanser for dry skin comes with its own “washcloth” made of muslin (a sheer, woven cotton fabric). Although it’s nice that Boots supplies a washcloth with their cleanser, the cloth’s thin texture means it doesn’t hold up as well as a standard cotton washcloth, although some may prefer the feel of muslin.
We suspect that Boots included the cloth because this creamy cleanser doesn’t rinse easily on its own. You’ll need a cloth of some sort to remove the excess and also to make sure all your makeup is being removed. (Your own clean, soft washcloth will work far better.)
Note that the “hot” part of the name refers to the temperature of the water you’re supposed to use during cleansing; the formula itself doesn’t warm as it’s used. However, you should never use hot water to cleanse your skin because it is a strong source of irritation, hurting the skin’s surface and impairing healing; warm to lukewarm water is preferred, especially for dry skin.
- Creamy texture cushions dry skin while removing makeup.
- Muslin cloth that’s included doesn’t hold up as well as a regular cotton washcloth.
- Requires a cloth to avoid leaving a residue.
This rich luxurious cream cleanser is supplied with a muslin cloth and reveals soft, hydrated, radiantly clean skin. The combination of this rich, indulgent cleanser and the gentle exfoliating muslin cloth, whisks away dead skin cells and daily grime, leaving your skin deeply clean, soft and radiant.
Originating in England, Boots is named after founder John Boot, and it already had a worldwide presence before its 2004 pilot launch in the U.S. retail market through select Target and CVS drugstore. (Note: Boots is no longer available at CVS.) Its success in these stores led to a full-scale launch in spring 2007. Boots has been part of England's cosmetic history since 1839, and now over 1,500 freestanding Boots stores dot the British landscape. Of course, history has its place, but Boots, on the basis of their longevity, believes that it offers consumers the best products full of quality ingredients and also at a value price. Although it's true that Boots' price point is lower than many drugstore lines (at least those whose products make similar claims and have the same target audience), their line consists of some impressive options, but also contains some areas that left us wanting for more.
Boots sunscreens tend to be good, but be aware that some have SPF ratings below the benchmark SPF 30+. Although there are dozens of moisturizers available, youll find that many are indistinguishable from one another in terms of their formulas. While there are many great options for sensitive skin among the Boots line, there are much fewer choices for those seeking impressive anti-aging formulas due to the lack of beneficial ingredients.
Boots does feature antioxidants, peptides, and retinyl palmitate (a form of vitamin A not to be confused with pure retinol) in many of its products, but they tend to be present at less than impressive, or jar packaging compromises their benefits to skin due to light & air exposure.
You'll find some great options for cleansers, scrubs, sunless tanners, and treatments for dry, chapped lips, all at fair prices, and that's good news. (There are also quite a few impressive makeup products at surprisingly inexpensive prices.) Check our reviews for the products that shouldn't be missed (as well as the less-than-impressive options).
For more information about Boots, call (866) 752-6687 or visit www.boots.com.
Note: Boots No7 and Botanics brands (only) are sold in Canada at Shoppers Drug Mart stores. In the U.S., most of the lines can be found at Target, Walgreens, and Ulta. As of August 2015, Boots has been acquired by Walgreens.
Strengths: Inexpensive; outstanding options for sensitive skin; good sunscreens; some impressive makeup products.
Weaknesses: Occasional use of jar packaging; some formulas with limited amounts of beneficial ingredients.
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